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White chocolate Easter eggs have traditionally been made with children in mind. Far too few are sophisticated enough to give an elegant hue to Easter. The wash of cheap, childish, sickly eggs does nothing for the experience that white chocolate can offer if you’re lucky enough to find one made with quality couverture. If you wanted something sweet, white and elegant then step away from the Kinder Surprise Eggs and even the Thorntons white eggs and step into Betty’s.
Handmade Easter eggs are worth seeking out, not only because often they’re made with talented people, passionate about chocolate, but also you can find some truly original eggs such as this one. I’m not entirely sure if there’s any religious significance of badgers, but I think we’re all a bit bored of chickens, ducks and rabbits. In France it’s all about fish, so why can’t we have something a little bit different?
For Â£13.50 you’ll get an egg that’s about 15cm long and weighs 180g. This puts it in the Hotel Chocolat price bracket, but these are obviously decorated by hand, and as a result could be considered to be more exclusive. I know that Easter eggs aren’t the easiest seasonal product to make (I’ve even tried), but one thing I did notice was that once side of the egg was about 2mm thick whilst the other was 7mm – with inclusions you would often expect to see that, so it was slightly strange to see it here. Most people wouldn’t even notice nor care, so I suggest you just focus on the beautiful badger design in milk, white and a small amount of dark chocolate.
Around the badger there are some flowers which really do enhance the visual appeal of the egg which I’m sure would produce some gasps from the recipient lucky enough to get one of these.
I’m not a huge white chocolate fan, but I found this egg to be very velvety and not at all saccharine. Often I can taste an awful soap powder flavour, but there is absolutely none of that here – I very much doubt Felchlin have substituted any of the cocoa butter for palm oil, which I’m sure some of the cheaper white chocolate makers still do.
Another aspect of the egg that I appreciate is the odd bite that combines the white and milk chocolate together, this gives it a touch more character and variation. Whilst the bites which are solely of white chocolate there’s almost a clean, crisp lemon note which is certainly most welcome.
I knew that this Easter egg was going to be good quality, but I didn’t actually think I’d like it as much as this.
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